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Furman Women Ranked Second In Southeast Region; Men Move Up To Third Place

Furman Women Ranked Second In Southeast Region; Men Move Up To Third Place

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's cross country team remained ranked second in the Southeast Region poll, while the Paladin men's team moved up one spot to third, according to the Week 3 regional rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  

The top five remain unchanged in the women's poll for the second-consecutive week.  N.C. State leads the women's poll for the fourth-consecutive ranking period, after taking the Southeast Region title in 2017.  The Paladins, who scored a second-place finish at last year's region championships, are second for the fourth-straight poll, followed by Virginia Tech in third and Duke in fourth.  Wake Forest completes the top five.

There were some big changes in the men's poll with Campbell, who led the poll for three-straight ranking periods, dropping to ninth place.  Virginia moved up one spot from second to first, and N.C. State hopped from third to second.  Furman, the reigning Southeast Region Champions, climbed from fourth to third, and Liberty moved up from fifth to fourth.  Charlotte cracked the top five for the first time this week.

"We are excited about the rankings because we know we have two very special teams this year that we feel can outperform our best finishes in school history, seventh on the women's side and 13th on the men's side," said Furman head coach Robert Gary. 

USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning team strength with current-season results in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men's Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

Week 3 - September 24

Southeast Region

Rank School Last Ranking Conference

1 Virginia 2 ACC

2 NC State 3 ACC

3 Furman 4 Southern

4 Liberty 5 Atlantic Sun

5 Charlotte 6 Conference USA

6 Eastern Kentucky 7 Ohio Valley

7 Virginia Tech 8 ACC

8 North Carolina 14 ACC

9 Campbell 1 Big South

10 Kentucky 9 SEC

11 Wake Forest 10 ACC

12 William and Mary 11 Colonial

13 Duke 12 ACC

14 Louisville 13 ACC

15 Appalachian State NR Sun Belt

Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:

2017: Furman, 2016: N.C. State, 2015: Louisville, 2014: Virginia, 2013: Eastern Kentucky

 

Women's Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

Week 3 - September 24

Southeast Region

Rank School Last Ranking Conference

1 NC State 1 ACC

2 Furman 2 Southern

3 Virginia Tech 3 ACC

4 Wake Forest 5 ACC

5 Duke 4 ACC

6 Virginia 7 ACC

7 Richmond 6 Atlantic 10

8 Eastern Kentucky 9 Ohio Valley

9 William and Mary 10 Colonial

10 Charlotte 11 Conference USA

11 Kentucky 12 SEC

12 Clemson 13 ACC

13 North Carolina 8 ACC

14 Louisville 14 ACC

15 East Carolina 15 American

Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:

2017: N.C. State, 2016: N.C. State, 2015: Virginia, 2014: William and Mary, 2013: Virginia